Briefs

Want to vote in this year’s municipal elections? The last day to register is Oct. 7

BY: - September 30, 2019

To vote in the 2019 municipal elections, you must be registered by next Monday, Oct. 7. You can register to vote online here. Or, you can register in person at your county election office or by printing out this form, and mailing it or hand-delivering it to your county election office. If you do not […]

CNN’s Van Jones on what unifies America: ‘We have to fix the probation system’

BY: - September 29, 2019

On Tuesday, the CNN host joined with more than 100 activists affiliated with REFORM and the D.C.-based Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in the Capitol to explain how the probation system is broken and call on lawmakers to fix it.

COMMENTARY

The Pa. Liquor Control Board has some transparency problems | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 28, 2019

A Cambria County lawmaker is suing the Pa. Liquor Control over lack of access to information on the availability of liquor licenses

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he supports legalizing cannabis

BY: - September 27, 2019

"Continuing to criminalize adult personal marijuana use is a waste of limited law enforcement resources, it disproportionately impacts our minority communities and it does not make us safer," the Democrat said.

State employee retirement board balks at investing in prison-linked private equity firm

BY: - September 27, 2019

The Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) recently chose to invest $300 million into Platinum’s current round of investment.

Veteran conservative activist Matt Brouillette says he’s running for Folmer’s state Senate seat

BY: - September 25, 2019

Matthew J. Brouillette, the former head of Harrisburg's preeminent rightwing think tank, announced Wednesday that he is seeking the nomination for the state Senate seat last held by Mike Folmer.

Immigrant advocate to Wolf: Veto bill that expands E-Verify to all Pa. construction workers

BY: - September 25, 2019

The legislation was backed by the state's building trade unions, who see it as a way to target unscrupulous contractors who hire undocumented workers for lower pay and in worse working conditions.

Special election for former Sen. Mike Folmer’s seat to be held Jan. 14

BY: - September 25, 2019

Folmer, R-48, who resigned last week after being charged with possession of child pornography. 

Seniors, people with disabilities would be ‘disproportionately’ hurt by Trump’s food stamp change, Wolf admin says

BY: - September 23, 2019

A change in food stamp eligibility proposed by the Trump administration would “disproportionately” hurt seniors and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, two top Wolf administration officials said Monday. More than 200,000 people would be affected by the change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a letter from Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller and […]

Pa. House committee will vote on mandatory minimums for gun crimes, much to Democrats’ chagrin 

BY: - September 23, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will consider a package of 12 firearms or violence-related bills.

COMMENTARY

State lawmaker? Nice work if you can get it | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - September 21, 2019

Pennsylvania's Legislature, one of the nation's largest, and best-paid, is doing less actual lawmaking, a published report found this week

Leach calls report on harassment allegations ‘fair’ and ‘thoughtful’

BY: - September 20, 2019

"The report did not find that I was a perfect person," Leach said. He apologized for "participating in off-color conversations and making off-color jokes" during his 2008 campaign.